A solid opener to this alternative Regency shifter romance
The Wolf and the Wallflower by Devin Harnois
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
This MM shifter take on the whole Bridgerton Regency historical romance is quite a sweet story but I have to admit that it didn’t grip me quite as much as I had hoped.
That’s not to say that there’s anything wrong with the storytelling. Devin weaves a really good historical alternative romance in which the men of the Ton are paraded and shown off in the same way as young women used to be in the Regency period.
The setting is fictional, no London escapades, but it’s a thinly disguised version of the usual fare of the period I’d expect, there are men’s clubs, a great reading library, parks, social gatherings etc.
Both Ambrose and Jasper are sweethearts, they compliment each other well and their difference in status isn’t played into a huge amount. Jasper is the son of a Duke (ruler of a wolf territory and pack) while Ambrose is the grandson of a minor Baron without their own lands.
The female characters in this were a very pleasant surprise in the main, strong women with character who didn’t kowtow to societal pressures in the main, although adhering to pack hierarchy and I very much loved Louisa, Jasper’s childhood friend.
As for the romance itself, the conclusion does involve a little bit of suspend disbelief but overall I liked the slow build up to Jasper realising the feelings he had for Ambrose were more than just friendship.
The first time they have penetrative sex was excellently done, with all the nervous tension of two young men who didn’t really know what they were doing. It was incredibly sweet and very emotionally connected.
Overall this was a good, solid introduction to this new series and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s coming next.
#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review
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